Comments On Today’s Decision

Below is the press release on today’s Appellate decision in Shew v. Malloy, the lawsuit against Connecticut’s unconstitutional gun laws.

10/19/2015
For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) reacts to the Appellate decision handed down today. CCDL is one of the named Plaintiffs in the Shew v Malloy federal lawsuit. The case argues against a number of the firearms laws that were enacted with the signage of Public Act 13-3

The Federal Lawsuit against Public Act 13-3 has waged on since May 22nd of 2013.

Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
“We along with our fellow plaintiffs were hopeful for a more favorable decision from the 2nd Circuit, but we are not surprised that this decision was handed down from this level. We are working with our team of attorneys and other plaintiffs and preparing for the next round”.

“We knew all along that we would end up appealing to the Supreme Court to overturn this clear injustice of our 2nd Amendment rights. We have 90 days from this ruling, and our attorneys will file a petition for certiorari within that time frame”.

Wilson concluded:
“We know that we are on the right side of this matter, and Connecticut gun owners will not surrender our constitutional rights. We will exhaust every possible avenue to preserve those rights”.
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About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to nearly 20,000 members from across the state.

Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.

As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit http://www.CCDL.us

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
president@ccdl.us
860-235-7490

Decision in Shew v. Malloy

So, we finally got a ruling in Shew v. Malloy, and it isn’t good.
As we’ve said all along, this was not unexpected, given that the Second Circuit Court covers CT and NY. As a matter of fact, they issued an identical ruling for the lawsuit against NY’s (un)SAFE Act.
This is only the beginning, not the end. The Heller case took 6yrs to work its way though the system; we’re only 2yrs in. CCDL President Scott Wilson is in communication with our attorney David Thompson and we’ll have more to say as soon as we and our lawyers can digest and analyze the decision. For now, you can download the decision here: Shew v Malloy 207-1 opinion (pdf)

UPDATE: See comments from CCDL president Scott Wilson here.

Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium

The 2015 NRA-ILA “Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium” will be held on Saturday, October 24, at The Hartford Club in Hartford, Connecticut.

Focusing on recent Second Amendment developments in our nation’s courts and legislatures, speakers will discuss and debate a variety of topics among multiple panels.  The symposium will feature leading Second Amendment scholars and attorneys (including CCDL’s general counsel Craig Fishbein, lead attorney in our federal lawsuit David Thompson, and CCDL supporter and 2A attorney Rachel Baird) discussing topics ranging from the history of the Second Amendment, current litigation in Connecticut, and emerging trends from across the nation.  Throughout, attendees will be exposed to insights regarding the nuts and bolts of legal practice in both defending and advancing gun owners’ civil rights. 

This event promises to present a thought-provoking discussion of one of the most relevant and important freedoms in the Bill of Rights.  Each registrant will receive written materials from the proceedings, including all panelist presentations and supporting documentation. For guests who are attorneys, this year’s event may once again meet state requirements for continuing legal education. The event, including all materials, food and beverage, is complimentary for all attendees.  

Saturday, October 24, 2015
The Hartford Club
46 Prospect St.
Hartford, CT  06103
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Registration and continental breakfast from 9 – 9:30 AM
*Parking will be free at the adjacent lot to The Hartford Club

For additional information, please contact Suzanne Anglewicz at sanglewicz@nrahq.org

Monthly Meeting Tonight

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 13, 2015.
All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend. We have a request from the property owners to please do not park on the grass when attending the meeting.

Meeting Agenda

  • Updates (if any) on our lawsuit against the State of Connecticut – Shew v. Malloy
  • Discussion on Project ChildSafe
  • NRA Symposium
  • Discussion of upcoming Woodbridge Board of Selectmen meeting about town’s firearms ordinance.

Merchandise
We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.
We also sell limited edition items that are not available in our online store. Right now we have CCDL 2015 Christmas ornaments for $5 each. Only 100 were made, so get them early! We still have patches, pins, and magnets (perfect to put on your car, gun safe, or refrigerator). We also sell the car decals in assorted colors besides white.
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Food Drive
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. The holiday season will soon be here, and the local food banks get stretched thin. Please bring non perishables to the meeting. If everyone that attends brought at least one canned good we would be helping to feed MANY!

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
October 13, 2015 7:00pm-9:00pm
Please park in the event lot to the left of the building (looking at it from Maynard St) and enter the upstairs banquet hall at the front of the building. please do not park on the grass!!


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Scott Wilson On Lee Elci Show

CCDL’s president Scott Wilson was interviewed this morning on Lee Elci’s radio show on WJJF 94.9 FM. They of course discussed the recent mass murder in Oregon and gun free zones, but also hit on gun violence in general. This was a really great interview, and you really owe it to yourself to take 14 minutes out of your day and give a listen.
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(Or download the mp3 here)

Statement On Umpqua College Shooting

10/02/2015
For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) Releases the following statement regarding the Umpqua Community College shooting on Thursday October 1st.

From CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“We are shocked and saddened by any action that is violent in nature, and our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and families involved with this incident.”

“Much of the commentary from political leaders calls for more useless bans on legal gun ownership. The critical point that is always left out by those who advocate along these lines is the fact that these shootings almost exclusively happen in ‘gun free zones’. From Columbine to Sandy Hook to Roseburg Oregon, there is one irrefutable fact: Signs or laws that bar individuals from possessing the means for personal protection will not work, nor have they ever worked against criminals who are bent on murder.

“It is time for people to wake up to the fact that Utopian fantasies like gun free zones simply do not work. It is time for those who control public gatherings (be it in a school or a movie theater) to wrap their heads around reality. People are needlessly dying.”

“The president of this country calls for more gun control after each and every instance of a mass murder, but he has offered no solution beyond curtailing or eradicating our rights as a free people. Anyone who looks beyond the smokescreen of his empty words should wonder exactly why that is”.

“It is time for our society to admit that the ‘gun free zone’ experiment has failed.”

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About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to over 19.000 members across the state.
Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture at the Capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.
As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit www.ccdl.us

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
860-235-7490
www.ccdl.us
president@ccdl.us